June 6th Bellator will embark on it’s 121st event, and Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou (14-12) will embark on his 27th fight. The bout will co-deadline the Friday night bouts on Spike against Terry Davinney (10-7).
Sokoudjou is 7 years removed from his back-to-back earth stopping, draw dropping knockouts over the 2006 and 2007 Brazillian Super Heavyweight Boxing Champion, Rogerio Nogueira at Pride 33 and 3 time ADCC Champion Ricardo Arona at Pride 34.
Since then the native of Cameroon has been slightly inconsistent, he lost his following bout and UFC debut against former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion, Lyoto Machida at UFC 79. Then won his encore against Kazuhiro Nakamura at UFC 84, following that bout he’d lose 2 then win 2 and repeat the process, all the way to now.
Along the winding road, the man most prominently known simply as “Sokoudjou” competed in Affliction, Strikeforce, MFC, K-1, Dream and KSW where he won the promotion’s Light Heavyweight Title.
Now he lands in Bellator and will fight on American soil for the first time in 4 long years.
“It feels awesome, I don’t have jet lag, I want to kiss the soil, I miss the food, I miss everything and I’m just so glad to be back. When I got the news that Bellator had wanted me I was overjoyed, just really excited and I couldn’t legit sleep for 2 days. I’m so thankful for Bellator for giving me this chance.”
His training has been on point and is ready to give his fans a show.
“My training has been absolutely great, I have no injuries. My body didn’t like it too much but everything will work out. The harder the training, the easier it is in the ring. My fans can expect me to come out and show up, I can talk for hours about what I’ll do or what they can expect and why but I’d rather show them. The best thing they can do is tune in this Friday night to Spike TV.”
If Sokoudjou wins this bout, he’d notch himself either a berth in the next Bellator Light Heavyweight Tournament or at least be on the radar.
“I take one fight at a time, I just have to do my best and get the job done Friday and anything will be possible after that. If it were in my hands I would be in a tournament now.”
But to get in the tournament you have to win, and Sok sees his fight going no other way.
“I’ve already fought him (Davinney) over a thousand times now. Whether I’m eating, breathing, sleeping, walking, working out, warming up, taking a shower, taking a dump, it all ends the same way. He’ll need CPR.”